Our Volunteers are Special!

If you would like to volunteer at Silver Lake Nature please fill out a volunteer application and contact Arden to schedule an appointment.    Vol App Fnl

Arden Williams

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Volunteer Opportunities/Events Coming Soon…

Volunteer Appreciation and Membership Meeting

(Please contact Arden Williams to pre-register)

Volunteer Work Days-from 9 am to 2 pm (rain or shine)
Saturdays: Dec. 2nd (Holiday Potluck)


Silver Lake Nature Center is now offering art/creative workshops with community service opportunities.

LEARN-a skill for yourself…    CARE- by making items to…   SHARE-with non-profit organizations

Are you tired of collecting things, but still want to craft?

Our crafting club meets the 3rd Monday of every month ( 3/19) from 10 to 2 in the Nature Center auditorium to make items that help other organizations fulfill their mission.

We’ve made quilts that were donated to Quilts For Kids, holiday pumpkin centerpieces that were donated to Delta Community Care Center, and Reindeer ornament kits that were donated to Christ’s Home. You must be a SLNC member to participate.

In March: learn to knit or crochet hats and scarves for donation. April: learn how to make pillowcase dresses for children in need.

If you have further questions please call the Center at 215-785-1177 and ask for Jo’Ann or Arden.

Trail and Ground Maintenance Crew
We are looking for volunteers who are willing to regularly maintain the ponds and flower gardens on the preserve. You would be able to set your own schedule and work at your own pace. There is no replacement for the joy and sense of accomplishment you can experience from tending a garden or maintaining a pond habitat.

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Volunteers of the Quarter:

Wendy Bastian

Wendy started volunteering at the Nature Center in January of 2017. She decided to stop into the Center one day to find out if there were any volunteer opportunities, since Silver Lake is one of few nature parks that allows visitors to walk their dogs. Her love for visiting parks and walking trails made Silver Lake an ideal place to give back.

She is now one of our weekly trail maintenance volunteers. Each week she walks the trails to remove litter, trim branches, and report any blockages of the trail paths. Wendy and her husband Mark are avid Geo Cachers, and in April they hosted a Cache-in-Trash-Out (CITO) cleanup here at the park. They concentrated their efforts on the tract of land that is being considered for a new trail path and started cleaning up the area. Their event brought in 12 volunteers and took out a pickup truck full of trash.

Thank you Wendy for inspiring others to follow your dedicated path toward litter free trails!


Volunteer Accomplishments:

This summer our volunteers worked diligently to maintain our gardens, ponds, and trails. High school students Karli Aiken and Marvia Bethea came out once a week to weed the gardens and trim branches from the trails. The trails were kept relatively litter free by our regular trail walkers Mildred Ward, Theresa Lucas, Wendy Bastian, Ron Lovell and other friends of the Nature Center.

Our volunteer work days were spent beautifying the natural areas around the Watershed Education Building and making it wheelchair friendly from the parking lot of Silver Lake Park. This improvement to the trail was made possible by a grant from Parx Casino and Boy Scout Josh Stevens who was working to earn his Eagle Scout Badge.

In addition to all the great work on the trails, we would like to give a special than you to our volunteer Eileen “Cinders” Swank for updating the covering for the Hibernation Hut. Cinders spent many hours creating quilted pieces and hand painted artwork as well as reincorporating parts of the original artwork that was created by girl scouts. Thanks to Cinders’ hard work the new Hibernation Hut is now ready to delight and amaze the many children who will explore the secret world of hibernation during our Hibernation Happens Program. Cinders is also a greeter here at the Center during the week as well as a leader for the Campfire portions of our night programs.

So please do join up with us and see what amazing things you can do while you’re here!

If you would like to volunteer,
Please contact Arden at the Center.

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PA Master Naturalist program offered at SLNC in the Fall of 2017

Student Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

Counselor-in-Training (CIT)



Free Interpretive Backpack Tours!

Ever wanted to have a guided nature walk but there is no naturalist available? Scout Julia Singer has created nature-themed self-guided tours in a backpack that you can “rent” for free at the Center. Just ask for the Kids Scavenger Hunt, Trees and Birds, or General Tour backpack, then head out on the trails to discover the natural world!

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Arden Williams: Coordinator of Volunteers and Administrative Assistant

If you would like to volunteer,
Please contact Arden at the Center.


Volunteer Handbook